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* MeleeATrois: The final shootout is between the police, the Triads, and the Chinese military.


* UncleTomfoolery: The first film flipped the formula, with a suicidal and crazy white man partnered to a by-the-book family man. However, as the series continued, Riggs got less suicidal and Murtaugh got less uptight.

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* UncleTomfoolery: The first film [[StereotypeFlip flipped the formula, formula]], with a suicidal and crazy white man partnered to a black by-the-book family man. However, as the series continued, Riggs got less suicidal and Murtaugh got less uptight.


* BunnyEarsLawyer: Martin Riggs is obsessed with Film/TheThreeStooges and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, and very good at his job.

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* BrokenAesop: The third and fourth films contain some very strong anti-gun messages, including several TakeThat jabs at the NRA and a scene where Riggs explicitly tells Leo Getz that he shouldn't have a gun because he's not a cop, and then throws Leo's pistol (i.e. his personal property) into the ocean. It's easy to conclude from what the films have shown that our cop heroes shouldn't have them either, considering how many times they've demonstrated extraordinarily careless, irresponsible and dangerous behavior with guns, [[JugglingLoadedGuns including negligent discharges, muzzle sweeping, poor trigger discipline, and even pointing loaded guns at each other]] ''[[JugglingLoadedGuns for laughs]]''.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Martin Riggs is obsessed suicidal in the first film, and then just plain crazy after he gets over it. He deliberately plays havoc with Film/TheThreeStooges and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, and very good at his job.the department's psychiatrist (and starts to make ''her'' snap), for bonus points. His near unstoppability when dealing with thugs is likely the only reason he is left on the force.



* ButtMonkey: Leo Getz. Granted, he's a bit annoying but his heart's in the right place and he is actually useful. Despite this, he's treated horribly. At one point Riggs alters his medical chart in hospital so that he has to undergo unnecessary RECTAL surgery.



* CoolGuns:
** Riggs uses a Beretta 92, upgraded with a laser pointer in the fourth film. Its depiction in that film is credited for further popularizing the firearm.
** Murtaugh carries a .357 Magnum Model 19.



* TheDragAlong: Murtaugh just wants to retire and collect his pension for his time with the police, but Riggs is willing to kill himself if it will help get the bad guys. You often find Murtaugh saying, "I'm too old for this shit," everytime Riggs eggs him into doing something crazy.



* FireForgedFriends: Riggs and Murtaugh don't particularly like each other when they first meet. But by the end of the film, Murtaugh is inviting Riggs to spend Christmas dinner with his family. And after a while, Riggs ''is'' family.



* LastNameBasis: Martin Riggs is always referred to as "Riggs", even though he calls Roger Murtaugh by his first name.
* LethalChef: Trish Murtaugh is not known to be skilled in the kitchen, as evidenced by the following exchange:
-->'''Murtaugh:''' What the hell, thin's my middle name. \\
'''Riggs:''' Your wife's cooking, I'm not surprised. \\
''[fires his gun several more times]''\\
'''Murtaugh:''' What? What? \\
'''Riggs:''' Nothin'. \\
'''Murtaugh:''' Remarks like that will not get you invited to Christmas dinner. \\
'''Riggs:''' My luck's changing for the better every day.



* RealityEnsues: "So, Sergeant Murtaugh, how, exactly did you rebuild your house twice, buy a new boat and send two kids to college on a police sergeant's salary? And why are you so reticient to tell us about where the money came from? SuperheroInsurance isn't a thing, you know." By the time ''4'' rolls around, Riggs comes to the conclusion Murtaugh is [[DirtyCop on the take]], and tells him as much. It turns out to be untrue, but given the amounts of money Murtaugh has thrown around not an unreasonable thing to think.
** Similarly, when Riggs accuses him of corruption, Murtaugh is deeply hurt, and it takes nearly the entire film for the rift between him and Riggs to heal. It turns out that no matter how close you are, some things simply cannot be EasilyForgiven.

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* RealityEnsues: "So, Sergeant Murtaugh, how, exactly did you rebuild your house twice, buy a new boat Martin Riggs, for all his amusing antics and send two kids to college on a police sergeant's salary? And why are you so reticient to tell us about where badassery, has between his [[ShellShockedVeteran experiences in Vietnam]] and [[TheLostLenore the money came from? SuperheroInsurance isn't death of his wife]] become an incredibly troubled human being. We see him contemplate suicide more than once, and a thing, you know." By deleted scene from the time ''4'' rolls around, Riggs comes to first film shows him picking up a prostitute for the conclusion Murtaugh is [[DirtyCop on the take]], and tells him as much. It turns out sole purpose of just having someone to be untrue, but given the amounts of money Murtaugh has thrown around not an unreasonable thing to think.
** Similarly, when Riggs accuses him of corruption, Murtaugh is deeply hurt, and
talk to. As one would expect, it takes nearly four films, spanning the entire film for the rift between him course of about a decade and Riggs a half, before he begins to heal. It turns out that no matter how turn his life around and approach something close you are, some things simply cannot be EasilyForgiven.to a stable, healthy existence.



* ThemeInitials: '''M'''artin '''R'''iggs and '''R'''oger '''M'''urtaugh, have opposite initials - '''M.R.''' and '''R.M.'''



* UncleTomfoolery: The first film flipped the formula, with a suicidal and crazy white man partnered to a by-the-book family man. However, as the series continued, Riggs got less suicidal and Murtaugh got less uptight.
** The character that fits the most, is actually Leo Getz.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: A special move of Riggs is to roll on the ground while unloading with his pistol.



* BigDamnHeroes: Just as Joshua and his people are about to torture Murtaugh's daughter in order to break him, a newly escaped Riggs shows up and starts shooting mooks.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Just as Joshua and his people are Murtaugh is about to torture Murtaugh's daughter in order be killed by General [=McCallister=], who pauses to break him, a newly escaped give his EvilGloating, ending with the line "There are no more heroes." At that exact moment, Riggs shows up bursts in and starts shooting mooks.dispatches him and his minions.



* CoolGuns: Riggs uses a Heckler & Koch [=PSG1=] with a 20 round magazine during the scene in the desert where they try to get back Murtaugh's daughter.



* DrivenToSuicide: At one point Riggs nearly shoots himself, and tells Murtaugh that every morning when he wakes up he makes a decision whether to off himself or not.



* FamousLastWords:
** "Shut up!" Mr. Sniper
** "I am in this too deep, Roger." Michael Hunsaker
** "Sorry pal, say goodnight." Endo
** "Kill that cop son of a bitch!" Gen. [=McAllister=]
** "Come on Riggs! Come on!" Mr. Joshua



* TheHeavy: It's Mr. Joshua and his actions that drives the plot of the film.



* TheLostLenore: Victoria Riggs. Her death is the reason Riggs is a DeathSeeker in the first film. It's only his unlikely friendship with Murtagh that later helps him get over it, though when Pieter in the second film tells him that he killed her, Riggs goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



* TheRat: Leo Getz is an unusually sympathetic version of this character; described by Riggs and Murtaugh as "an annoying asshole with a lot of connections," he's a bit annoying but essentially a decent guy who actually seems to look up to Riggs and Murtaugh a bit, however badly they treat him. In the later movies, the three become friends, something of a PowerTrio, and Leo ends up acting as Murtaugh's estate agent in the third film.



* SoundtrackDissonance: "Jingle Bell Rock" is the first song we hear. And then a half-naked, coked-up prostitute throws herself off a hotel balcony.



* TortureTechnician: Endo fits this and is described by Joshua as "having forgotten more about dispensing pain than you and I will ever know."



* WithMyHandsTied: Riggs manages to kill Endo while tied up and hanging from the ceiling.



** Murtagh's response to killing two mooks with a nail gun: "Nailed 'em both."
** Murtaugh's response, after the BigBad fell back on DiplomaticImpunity: "It's just been revoked."

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** Murtagh's response to killing two mooks Played with when Murtaugh is attacked in his home by an assassin and dispatches him with a nail gun: "Nailed gun -- but he doesn't say anything. Then ''another'' assassin shows up, Murtaugh dispatches him similarly, and then he quips:
-->'''Murtaugh:''' Nailed
'em both."
both.
** Murtaugh's response, after the BigBad fell back on DiplomaticImpunity: "It's When Rudd is shooting at him:
-->'''Rudd:''' ''(wielding his credentials)'' [[DiplomaticImpunity Diplomatic immunity]]!\\
'''Murtaugh:''' ''(shoots him)'' It's
just been revoked."



* FamousLastWords:
** "I'm sorry, Mr. Rudd. Uh, it happens." Hans
** "Who are you? What the fuck do you want? I'm a cop, you son of a bitch!" Wyler
** "I know hon, I'm just gonna take a couple laps before I go down to the station." Shapiro
** "I'm out." Cavanaugh
** "Bye." Rika Van Den Haas
** "Diplomatic immunity!" Arjen Rudd



* RealityEnsues: Arjen Rudd flaunts his DiplomaticImpunity in the faces of the heroes. In the climax, said diplomat is trying to actively gun down cops, saying that his diplomatic immunity will protect him. Murtagh [[BoomHeadshot just revokes it]], and suffers no consequences for it. No sane government would harbor a criminal with such a long rap sheet, especially one that includes attempted murder of police officers; doing so could be considered ''an act of war''. Plus, diplomatic immunity only prevents people from being ''prosecuted''. They can still be shot dead in self-defense.



* RealityEnsues: Let's just say that the whole "[[DiplomaticImpunity diplomatic immunity]] as a defense" thing does not protect you from being shot by police officers in self defense.



* BondOneLiner:
** Travis deals with a {{mook}} who [[YouHaveFailedMe failed him]] by shoving him into a cement pool in a building foundation:
-->'''Travis:''' Now we have a relationship we can build on!
** When Riggs turns Travis' "cop-killer" bullets [[HoistByHisOwnPetard against him]]:
-->'''Murtaugh:''' Hey Riggs, cop killers!\\
'''Riggs:''' ''(shoots Travis)'' Ex-cop killers!



* FamousLastWords:
** "Whatever you say, Jack." Smitty
** "Jack." Billy Phelps
** "Here are your keys, Captain." A cop watching the arms dumps
** "Where the fuck do you think you're going? Let's go." Hatchett
** "Riggs...." Edwards
** "Go to hell, Riggs." Jack Travis



* ArtisticLicenseFirearms: Wah Sing Ku disassembles Riggs' Beretta... while Riggs is holding it and trying to shoot him (which is physically possible with a Beretta due to its design, so it's not just Hollywood trickery, but definitely AwesomeButImpractical).



* EvilVersusEvil: The corrupt Chinese general's men vs. the Chinese Triads. As Riggs said "Let them kill each other."

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* EvilVersusEvil: The cops deliberately trigger this by revealing to a faction of corrupt Chinese general's men vs. the Chinese Triads. As soldiers that their [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] business partners are trying to rip them off. Riggs said "Let takes an awfully sensible view of the subsequent shoot-out:
-->'''Riggs:''' Keep your head down, Rog! Let
them kill each other."other!
* FamousLastWords:
** "What job?" Hong
** "What do you want?" General



* RealityEnsues: HeroInsurance is not part of the package when you join the police service. In the fourth film, Riggs racks up all the expenses Murtaugh has had over the series -- rebuilding large parts of his house twice, buying a new boat, and sending two kids to college -- and realizes that there is ''no way'' Murtaugh could afford to do all that on a sergeant's salary, thus suspecting him of being a DirtyCop. This is compounded when Riggs confronts Murtaugh, and Murtaugh fails to offer an alternative explanation.
** Conversely, Murtaugh is deeply hurt at the accusations of corruption and it takes most of the film for Riggs and Murtaugh to start talking to each other again. Some things can't be said, no matter how close you are.



%%* UncleTomFoolery: Lee Butters.

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%%* * UncleTomFoolery: Lee Butters.Averted, as Lee saddled to ''two'' heroes, one of whom is black and plays a middle role of being neither insane nor too by-the-book.


* SuicideDare:
** Murtaugh and Riggs are responding to a suicidal man standing on the ledge of a building. Riggs goes up to the roof in an attempt to talk the man down. After talking a bit, Riggs manages to get very close to the man and slaps a handcuff on him, [[ChainedHeat handcuffing them together]]. The man starts freaking out, but Riggs actually starts ''encouraging'' the man to jump; he insults the man, saying that he's a coward for backing down now, just because his death will kill Riggs as well. Eventually Riggs jumps and [[TakingYouWithMe pulls them both down]]...onto a crash-pad the police had already set up.
** Immediately afterwards, Murtaugh, furious with Riggs, drags Riggs into a nearby building and they being arguing. Murtaugh thinks Riggs is suicidal and is a danger to himself and others. Murtaugh tells Riggs [[GetItOverWith to just kill himself already]]. Riggs actually pulls out his gun and points it at his head, screaming at Murtaugh that he'll do it. Murtaugh one-ups this and yells ''back'', telling him to ''go ahead and do it'', since it'd be doing him a favor. Ultimately, Murtaugh is horrified when Riggs almost goes through with it. He assumed he was bluffing.
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: {{Inverted}}. Riggs is spectacularly bad about it. He starts out with the sympathetic angle, smoking a cigarette with the would-be-jumper, then he handcuffs them together, and then ''Riggs'' jumps, taking the would-be jumper with him, much to the alarm and dismay of the jumper who cusses him out and calls him crazy after the fact. There was an airbag to break their fall, however, brought in while Riggs was distracting the suicidal person.



* TaeKwonDoor: After a couple of thugs try to drown him, Riggs repeatedly slams a car door on the head of one of them



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Verbatim from the movie's main villain.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Verbatim from the movie's main villain.


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* StarterVillain: The nameless flamethrower-toting man rocking out to Music/VanHalen who Riggs and Murtaugh confront in the prologue.


* MilitaryMaverick: Riggs is an extremely reckless cop and ex-army special forces. He routinely places himself in great danger as part of a suicidal deathwish, yet his skills are so great that he continues to live through his adventures.



* OddCouple: Riggs and Murtaugh couldn't be any more different, yet they are forced to work together to save the day.

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* OddCouple: Riggs and Murtaugh couldn't be any more different, yet they are forced to work together to save is the day.family man detective who just wants to remodel his house in peace, while Riggs is the crazy loner cop who tends to have a HeroicBSoD every movie.
* OldCopYoungCop: Murtaugh is an older cop waiting to get retired, and Riggs is a young suicidal loose cannon.



* RevolversAreForAmateurs: Cautious family man Murtaugh carries a revolver, while the hot-shot badass Riggs carries an automatic. Riggs constantly calls him out on it. Lampshaded in the second film, where Leo correctly guesses their weapons based on their personalities. Subverted in that Murtaugh is capable of doling out headshots with frightening accuracy and later carries a semi automatic pistol alongside his revolver as a backup weapon.
* RooflessRenovation: A running gag, as Murtaugh's house got partly blown up by an exploding toilet in the second, and several scenes showcase the resulting renovation.



* SaltAndPepper: Subverted. The by-the-book (and black) Roger Murtaugh is nearing retirement from the police force, while new partner Martin Riggs is the eponymous lethal weapon.
* SlowMotionFall: Riggs is involved in a few:
** Jumping along with the suicidal guy (they're supposedly cuffed together; you can see the stunt doubles jumping uncuffed).
** Falling, along with Leo Getz and an unknown goon, into a swimming pool.
** Falling, then hanging on for dear life after driving a motorcycle off an unfinished freeway ramp, then falling again on to some scaffold (both falls can be seen in the preview).



* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Murtaugh says that "thin" is his middle name; Riggs uses it as an opportunity to insult his wife's cooking.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A simple suicide → a heroin-smuggling operation run by Vietnam War special forces troops.



* MurderousThighs: Riggs chokes out Endo this way while his hands are bound. He nearly does it again during the climactic battle with Mr. Joshua near the end of the film.
-->'''Murtaugh''': Break his fuckin' neck!



* NonActionBigBad: General [=McCallister=] is able to sneak up on Riggs without the latter noticing, and is clearly proficient with firearms. He just chooses not to get his hands dirty.



* OnlyAFleshWound: Murtagh states his preferred method is to shoot a felon in the leg so he can question them later. This is mainly to differentiate him from Riggs. That's not how police operate if they've decided firing their weapon is necessary. Riggs' methods are correct. He just does it way more than any real police officer ever would.



* PillowPistol: Riggs sleeps with his service pistol. At least, he would if he slept.



* PlotHole: When Riggs and Murtaugh head to the desert to free Murtaugh's kidnapped daughter, Riggs is dropped off with a sniper rifle and takes up position on a ridge several hundred yards away, overlooking the events. At this point, the BigBad and his [[{{mooks}} cronies]] believe Riggs is dead. Yet within a few seconds of Riggs opening fire on the antagonists, the Big Bad has ascertained Riggs' ''exact'' location and managed to sneak up behind him and [[ClickHello put a gun to his head]].

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* PlotHole: When Riggs and Murtaugh head to the desert to free Murtaugh's kidnapped daughter, Riggs is dropped off with a sniper rifle and takes up position on a ridge several hundred yards away, overlooking the events. At this point, the BigBad and his [[{{mooks}} cronies]] villains believe Riggs is dead. Yet within a few seconds of Riggs opening fire on the antagonists, the Big Bad General [=McCallister=] has ascertained Riggs' ''exact'' location and managed to sneak up behind him and [[ClickHello put a gun to his head]].



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* RasterVisionRageAgainstTheHeavens: A mild example where Murtaugh (seeing the situation he is in with Riggs as a partner) says "God hates me", and Riggs responds "Hate Him back: it works for me".



* RevolversAreJustBetter: Roger Murtaugh's main sidearm is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_19 Smith & Wesson Model 19.]] Riggs teases him calling it an "Old Timer's Pistol".

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* RevolversAreJustBetter: Roger Murtaugh's main sidearm PlayedWith: Riggs, the hotshot badass, packs a slick automatic while Murtaugh, the aging family man, packs an old-fashioned revolver. Riggs notes that "Lotta old-timers carry those". However, a running gag in the series has Murtaugh display sniper-like accuracy with a single aimed shot.
** A bit of TruthInTelevision since Murtaugh
is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_19 carrying an adjustable sight Smith & Wesson Model 19.]] revolver which is much better suited to carefully aimed shots then Riggs teases him calling it an "Old Timer's Pistol".fixed sight Beretta.
* RuleOfPool: As the heroes are escorting a suspect past a covered pool, the suspect goes for a weapon and Riggs reflexively shoots him. He was trying to be nonlethal (this time) but the injured suspect falls in the pool, is tangled in the plastic covering, and drowns.



* ShootEverythingThatMoves: Murtaugh has been deriding Riggs' gun-happy approach until the bad guys kidnap his daughter.
-->'''Riggs''': We do this my way. You shoot, you shoot to kill. Get as many as you can. Just don't miss.



* SniperRifle: Riggs uses a sniper rifle at one point to back up Murtaugh when his daughter gets kidnapped.



* SoftGlass: Riggs takes a shotgun blast from Mr. Joshua and flies back through a window without any injuries worse than getting the wind knocked out of him. Of course, Riggs is crazy enough to ignore many injuries.



* ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt: Riggs and Murtaugh get on the case of the Afrikaaner villains after foiling an attempted "theft" (read: money laundering) and discovering that the money stolen was gold Krugerrands, which on top of everything else were illegal to import in the US at the time (in response to the apartheid government).



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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A traffic stop (of a car with a trunk full of Krugerrands) → an international drug smuggling conspiracy by South African government officials.



* NonActionBigBad: The only time Rudd takes direct action is at the very end when he empties a clip into Riggs.



* MeaningfulFuneral: Daryl's funeral. When Murtaugh, who had killed Daryl in a drug-related shootout, seeks to console his family, his mother smacks him. His father then gives Murtaugh an admonition:
-->You want to help our family, Sgt. Murtaugh? You find the man who put the gun in my son's hand.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A botched armor truck robbery → A corrupt officer stealing weapons from impound and selling them on the black market.



* MadeOfIron: Wah Sing Ku, who gets imapled with a rebar and still continues fighting. In fact, it took [[spoiler: a full burst from an AK-47 to the torso ''while he was underwater'']] to finally take him down.

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* MadeOfIron: Wah Sing Ku, who gets imapled impaled with a rebar and still continues fighting. In fact, it took [[spoiler: a full burst from an AK-47 to the torso ''while he was underwater'']] to finally take him down.down.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A ship full of smuggled Chinese immigrants → A plot to sneak four Chinese Triad bosses into the country.


* DragonInChief: Joshua in the first, Vorstedt in the second, and Wah Sing Ku in the fourth.



* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The main bad guys in each of the films: General Mcallister is phlegmatic, Arjen Rudd is sanguine, Jack Travis is choleric and Wah Sing Ku is melancholic.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Dr. Stephanie Woods. In the first film she's a competent psychologist with legitimate concerns about Riggs' stability. By the third film, she's an inept, touchy-feely shrink who serves as little more than comic relief. It's heavily implied in the fourth film that it was actually Riggs' deliberately toying with her over the course of the series that pushed her to this point.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The main bad guys in each of the films: General Mcallister [=McCallister=] is phlegmatic, Arjen Rudd is sanguine, Jack Travis is choleric and Wah Sing Ku is melancholic.



* GraveMarkingScene: Martin Riggs is shown visiting his deceased wife's grave periodically throughout the series.



* InterestingSituationDuel: The first film climaxes right in front of Murtaugh's house with cops already surrounding the place and Riggs fighting Joshua on the front lawn. The second movie took place in a cargo yard, the third had the final battle in housing development under construction which is soon set on fire and Riggs having to fight Travs driving a bulldozer at him. In the fourth a car chase escalated with Riggs pulling one of the goons into a model house in transport with the driver utterly unaware of any of this.



* DeadfootLeadfoot: PlayedWith. [=McAllister=] and his driver escape in a car through an alley, only for the driver to be shot dead by Murtagh. [=McAllister=] desperately attempts to take the wheel, but is thwarted when the car is hit by a bus and ultimately destroyed by a live grenade in the back seat.
* DeadMansSwitch: During the hostage exchange, Murtaugh takes a grenade from his pocket, removes the pin and says he'll blow them all up if his daughter isn't released first. It's a smoke grenade.
-->'''Joshua''': Shoot him!
-->'''Mercenary''': He has a grenade!
-->'''Joshua''': He's bluffing! He'd never risk harming his own daughter.
-->'''Murtaugh''': If she's going to die, she's going to die with me! My way, not yours!



* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:While General [=McAllister=] was barbecuing his nuts on Hollywood Boulevard, Mr. Joshua went to Murtaugh's house to go after Roger's family. But there was "nobody here but us good guys".]]

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* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:While General [=McAllister=] was barbecuing DesignatedBullet: Riggs tells Murtaugh that he has a special bullet picked out in case he ever decides to kill himself (which he thinks about every day). At the end of the film, [[spoiler: he gives Murtaugh the bullet as a symbol that he's come to terms with his nuts on Hollywood Boulevard, Mr. Joshua went inner demons and no longer suicidal]]. The bullet is stated to be a hollow-point, to minimise the odds of botching the job [[note]]but it looks like a full metal jacket round[[/note]].
* DidIMentionItsChristmas: The movie takes place at Christmas, as is shown by the tree in
Murtaugh's house and the complete destruction of a large stack of eggnog cartons in an action scene. During the climax, Joshua shoots a TV playing ''Film/Scrooge1951'' and declares, "I hate Christmas!" Plus, Riggs busts a drug dealer using a Christmas tree lot as a front for his real business.
* DragonAscendant: Mr. Joshua attempts
to go kill Riggs and Murtaugh after Roger's family. But there the latter had killed his boss while he was "nobody here but us good guys".]]attempting to escape.
* DragonInChief: Mr. Joshua to General [=McAllister=]. He ends up becoming Riggs' personal arch-rival in the movie. His actions drive the plot of the first movie, and he even outlives his boss in the climax.
* DragonTheirFeet: Mr. Joshua flees the scene of the movie's semi-final battle and instead chooses to battle Riggs and Murtaugh in front of Murtaugh's home after [=McCallister=] bit it.
* DropDeadGorgeous: Amanda Hunsacker had on just a skimpy robe which was worn open and fluttered around her otherwise nude body.



* DuelToTheDeath: Happens at the end between Martin Riggs and Mr. Joshua.



* ElectricTorture: Done to Riggs by [[TortureTechnician Endo]] with an electrified sponge. Of course, he doesn't break, because he's the hero!

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* ElectricTorture: Done to Riggs is tortured by [[TortureTechnician Endo]] with an electrified sponge. Of course, Endo, who is trying to find out what he doesn't break, because he's knows about the hero!bad guys' heroin shipments.



* EvilAlbino: Mr. Joshua is a seemingly psychopathic hit man. He's specifically referred to as "albino" in the film and yep: he's both an expert sniper '''and''' appears in an extended desert scene.



* {{Fanservice}}:
** In the first shot of the film, Amanda Hunsaker jumps off a balcony toplessly, for no reason at all.
** They at least followed this up with equal-opportunity fanservice by showing Creator/MelGibson's butt two scenes later.

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* {{Fanservice}}:
**
{{Fanservice}}: In the first shot of the film, Amanda Hunsaker jumps off a balcony toplessly, for no reason at all.
**
all. They at least followed this up with equal-opportunity fanservice by showing Creator/MelGibson's butt two scenes later.later.
* FavouritismFlipFlop: Rianne comes to Murtaugh and Riggs and shortly engage in a discussion about alcoholic consumption at her age. Her father says she shouldn't drink, but she brushes him off. However, when Riggs asks the same, she - having a crush on him - promises to take his advice and whole-heartedly agrees with him.



* ForcedFriendlyFire: Riggs storms a room full of bad guys to rescue his partner Murtaugh and daughter Rianne. He forces a mook to shoot a buddy with an arm lock then turns the gun back onto the mook and kills him too.

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* ForcedFriendlyFire: Riggs storms a room full of bad guys to rescue his partner Murtaugh and daughter Rianne. He forces a mook Mr. Larch to shoot a buddy with an arm lock then turns the gun back onto the mook Larch and kills him too.



* GiveMeASword: Murtaugh tosses Riggs a nightstick in the fight with Mr. Joshua near the end of the film, in response to the latter using a pole against him.

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* GiveMeASword: During Riggs' fight with Mr. Joshua, Mr. Joshua grabs a metal pole and begins swinging at Riggs. Murtaugh then tosses Riggs a nightstick in the fight with Mr. Joshua near the end of the film, in response to the latter using so that he has a pole against him.fighting chance again.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Riggs is tortured by the bad guys to find out what he knows about their impending shipment, which is nothing.



* HesGotAWeapon: Murtaugh suddenly notices that a man in the police station has pulled a gun. He immediately charges out to tackle him, only to discover that the madman waving a gun around is his new partner.
* HiddenDisadainReveal: Riggs is being lead at gunpoint to Shadow Company's hideout by General [=McAlister=]:
-->I ran into some of those Shadow Company pussies in Saigon in '69.



* HumanShield: Subverted when Riggs is taken hostage during a drug bust by one of the dealers. Riggs immediately starts shouting at the officers to just shoot him, which caused the situation to get chaotic enough to distract the dealer enough for Riggs to take him down. (Of course, it bears mentioning that Riggs is suicidal...)
* HurtingHero: Martin Riggs spends most of the movie suicidally depressed after the death of his wife.



* ILLKILLYOU:
-->'''Riggs''': I think your daughter kinda likes me.
-->'''Murtaugh''': You touch her, and I'll kill you.
-->'''Riggs''': You'll try.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Riggs and Joshua fight on Murtaugh's front lawn. Just as Riggs has Joshua in a killing pose, he stops, saying Joshua isn't worth it. As two uniformed officers are taking Joshua into custody, he grabs a gun and starts taking aim at Riggs. Murtaugh and Riggs both open fire on him, justifiable defense.



* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Riggs and Murtaugh question a kid who may have seen who planted a bomb to kill their prime suspect. When Murtaugh asks the kid his name, one of his friends shouts, "Don't tell him your name, Alfred!"



* MachoMasochism: Joshua intentionally burning his arm with a lighter flame to show off his allegiance to Gen. [=McAllister=].

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* MachoMasochism: Mr. Joshua intentionally burning holds his arm with in a lighter flame to show off until it sizzles, as a demonstration of Badass Loyalty because his allegiance to Gen. [=McAllister=].boss tells him to.



* DidNotDieThatWay: In the previous film, Martin Riggs' wife was said to have been killed in a car accident. [[spoiler:Turns out that the "accident" in question was a deliberate hit-and-run by that movie's BigBad that was meant to kill Riggs himself but got her instead]].
* DiplomaticImpunity: Arjen Rudd claims diplomatic immunity to make the heroes back off (although in fact, he was only a consular officer, and they get a lower grade of immunity - unless he had some other official status as well, he could have been searched provided proper procedures were followed). Probably the TropeCodifier for the trope's use in modern fiction. For extra ballsiness, at one point he does this while SHOOTING at Riggs. [[spoiler:Murtaugh revokes it a second later.]]

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* DidNotDieThatWay: In the previous first film, Martin Riggs' wife was said to have been killed in a car accident. [[spoiler:Turns Turns out that the "accident" in question was a deliberate hit-and-run by that movie's BigBad Pieter that was meant to kill Riggs himself but got her instead]].
instead.
* DiplomaticImpunity: Arjen Rudd claims is using his diplomatic immunity to make the hide his smuggling empire, which infuriates our heroes back off (although to no end. However, when he tries to use it to freely gun down cops, he learns the hard way that it protects from an arrest or prosecution, not from being killed in fact, self-defence. (Given how he was mocking them with his badge, it's hard to sympathize.) However, he was only a consular officer, and they get a lower grade of immunity - unless he had some other official status as well, he could have been searched provided proper procedures were followed). Probably followed. Also, they could have deported him to South Africa at the TropeCodifier for very least, who likely would extradite to keep the trope's use in modern fiction. For extra ballsiness, at one point US happy.
* DisneyDeath: Arjen Rudd shoots Riggs, who falls into a pit. In response, Murtaugh shoots him. Then
he does this while SHOOTING at goes down into the pit to check on Riggs. [[spoiler:Murtaugh revokes it a second later.]]And guess what? He's fine! Well, mostly fine, anyway.



* DisposingOfABody: Rudd invites one of his hapless henchmen into his office which is covered in plastic for an apparent renovation. Pieter then shoots him in the head and wraps him up in the plastic. This becomes a BrickJoke when he's being chewed out later by the boss and keeps looking down at his feet. "I'm checking to see I'm not standing on plastic."



* DragonInChief: Pieter Vorstedt to Arjen Rudd. In fact, Riggs' hatred for Vorstedt is because he was responsible for the death of Riggs' wife.



* DisneyDeath: Lorna is shot several times by Jack Travis with the cop-killer bullets. However, after Riggs kills Travis, it turns out that Lorna had actually worn ''two'' bulletproof vests prior to this shootout, but it still wounded her.
* DisposingOfABody: Jack Travis kills a mook who had failed him while he was standing in front of a form that would be turned into a foundation of one of the houses Travis was making in his civilian identity. Difference from the norm is, said mook is still alive when he's being buried. No gunshot, no stabbing, just whacked in the head, held down by shovels, and buried in cement.



* DoctorDoctorDoctor: Or rather, Captain Captain Captain!

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* DoctorDoctorDoctor: Or rather, Captain Captain Captain!Riggs and Murtaugh get promoted to captain unexpectedly. They respond by calling their usual captain, each other, and even themselves "Captain" incessantly.


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* EveryCarIsAPinto: A car driven by some Triad {{Mooks}} try and ram Riggs' car into the path of an oncoming train. By cleverly pulling ahead, Riggs leaves them on the tracks instead, and their car is hit by the train, blowing up from the impact. Then the burned out wreck lands on the parallel tracks and get hits by another train going the opposite direction, causing it to blow up ''again''.


* AlwaysAccurateAttack: While Riggs is the crazy badass ex-special forces soldier, whenever Murtaugh loosens his neck before carefully lining up a shot with his revolver, he'll have unerring accuracy.



* BadassUnintentional: Murtaugh really hates being dragged into all this crazy crap. Reluctant Badass might be a better term.



* CartwrightCurse: Riggs' wife died in a car crash (actually murdered) before the first film, and his love interest in the second film slept with the fishes. Even Lorna Cole almost bought the farm, but ultimately subverted the curse.
* CasualDangerDialog: Riggs and Murtagh are always arguing with each other over something during their various action sequences.



* CountingToThree: PlayedWith as Riggs and Murtough discuss if it's 1, 2, 3, then go, or go on 3.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: The psychiatrist gets progressively crazier as she has to deal with Riggs. In the first film this is because he is angry and depressed. In the sequels though it's just because he likes messing with her.
* CrusadingWidower: Riggs is reasonably heroic, but he's also suicidal and is considered crazy by everyone who knows him. He slowly becomes less unhinged as he opens up to his partner Murtagh.



* BadGuyBar: Shadow Company hang out in a bar and do business there.
* BarefootSuicide: Amanda Hunsacker is barefoot when she commits suicide.



* BulletproofVest: Riggs survives a shotgun blast because of his vest ([[RealityEnsues and complains endlessly about how much it hurt]]).

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* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: The climactic battle on the first movie has Riggs chasing after Mr. Joshua on foot while the latter is running away on a car (and managing to intercept him, but Joshua still manages to run away for a very short time). The second movie starts with a car chase that Riggs spends a short part of running on foot.
* BulletproofVest: Riggs survives is apparently killed during a shotgun blast because of drive-by shooting and does the "vest reveal" bit to explain his vest ([[RealityEnsues and complains endlessly survival. He also makes a big production about how much it hurt]]).hurt.



* CarMeetsHouse: A car drives through Murtaugh's front window. The repairs are going on for the rest of the movie and later movies reference how much work had to be done.



* {{Bookends}}: The film opens and ends with a bomb in a building that goes off and destroys the entire building.
* BulletproofVest: Referred to throughout the movie due to "cop-killer" bullets on the street.
-->'''Riggs:''' Got your protection?\\
'''Edwards:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Right here in my wallet!]]

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* {{Bookends}}: BookEnds: The film opens and ends with a bomb in a building that goes off and destroys the entire building.
* BulletproofVest: Referred to throughout The plot revolves around the movie due to "cop-killer" sale of "cop killer" bullets that pierce through police armor. In one scene, Lorna survives by simply wearing ''two'' vests on top of each other. Made more baffling by the street.
-->'''Riggs:''' Got your protection?\\
'''Edwards:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Right here
fact that earlier in my wallet!]]the same scene the bullets are shown shooting through the front plate of a bulldozer. The bullets are also demonstrated by being fired into a vest hung on a stand. The bullet easily passes through both the front and back sides of the hanging vest, thus proving the bullets could easily penetrate a double thickness of vest.


%%* BunnyEarsLawyer: Martin Riggs.

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%%* * BunnyEarsLawyer: Martin Riggs.Riggs is obsessed with Film/TheThreeStooges and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, and very good at his job.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Joe Pesci's Leo Getz character first appears as a federal witness in the second film, and manages to show up in the rest of the series' films.

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* IconicSequelCharacter: Joe Pesci's Leo Getz character first appears as a federal witness in the second film, and manages to show up in the rest of the series' films.



* MadeOfIron: Riggs takes enough damage to kill several people throughout the movies, but is still able to finish off the bad guy.

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* MadeOfIron: Riggs takes enough damage Riggs' response to kill several people throughout being repeatedly electrocuted with a near-lethal voltage was to start beating ass. He's had a clip full of bullets emptied into him, and it did nothing but make him quit smoking. He's been pinned underwater by a concrete slab for minutes on end at the movies, but is still able to finish off the bad guy.tail end of an exhausting fistfight, and didn't lose consciousness.



* OneManArmy: Riggs for the first three films, until his age finally catches up to him in ''4''. The only guy he has trouble with in ''4'' is Creator/JetLi's character.

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* OneManArmy: Riggs for the first three films, until his age finally catches up to him in ''4''. The only guy he has trouble with in ''4'' is Creator/JetLi's character.Wah Sing Ku.



* RealityEnsues: "So, Sergeant Murtaugh, how, exactly did you rebuild your house twice, buy a new boat and send two kids to college on a police sergeant's salary? And why are you so reticient to tell us about where the money came from? SuperheroInsurance isn't a thing, you know." By the time "4" rolls around, Riggs comes to the conclusion Murtaugh is [[DirtyCop on the take]], and tells him as much. It turns out to be untrue, but given the amounts of money Murtaugh has thrown around not an unreasonable thing to think.

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* RealityEnsues: "So, Sergeant Murtaugh, how, exactly did you rebuild your house twice, buy a new boat and send two kids to college on a police sergeant's salary? And why are you so reticient to tell us about where the money came from? SuperheroInsurance isn't a thing, you know." By the time "4" ''4'' rolls around, Riggs comes to the conclusion Murtaugh is [[DirtyCop on the take]], and tells him as much. It turns out to be untrue, but given the amounts of money Murtaugh has thrown around not an unreasonable thing to think.



* ChekhovsGun: Riggs's references to Vietnam and his combat stories prove important when one of the bad guy turns out to have the same Special Forces tattoo that Riggs has.

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* ChekhovsGun: Riggs's Riggs' references to Vietnam and his combat stories prove important when one of the bad guy turns out to have the same Special Forces tattoo that Riggs has.



--> Riggs: You're driving!\\
Murtaugh: I'm driving!\\
Riggs: No, ''you're'' driving!\\
Murtaugh: No, ''I'm'' driving!

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--> Riggs: -->'''Riggs''': You're driving!\\
Murtaugh: '''Murtaugh''': I'm driving!\\
Riggs: '''Riggs''': No, ''you're'' driving!\\
Murtaugh: '''Murtaugh''': No, ''I'm'' driving!



** Allowing General [=McAllister=] to burn his arm with a lighter, clenching his teeth and taking it, establishing Joshua's loyalty (and insanity).



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The fact that [[spoiler:General [=McAllister=] has explosives in his car enables Roger to kill him (by killing his driver, causing an overturned-vehicle crash)]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The fact that [[spoiler:General [=McAllister=] has explosives in his car enables Roger to kill him (by by killing his driver, causing an overturned-vehicle crash)]].crash]].



* ShootTheTelevision: Mr. Joshua does this when he finds Murtaugh's house empty, and a showing of ''A Christmas Carol'' (1951) gets on his nerves.

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* ShootTheTelevision: Mr. Joshua does this when he finds Murtaugh's house empty, and a showing of ''A Christmas Carol'' (1951) ''Film/Scrooge1951'' gets on his nerves.



* SignatureLine: Murtaugh: "I'm too old for this shit."



* IdiotBall:

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* *chrome://history/ IdiotBall:



* ChekhovsGun

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* ChekhovsGunChekhovsGun:



%%* EvilBrit: Jack Travis.



* AvengingTheVillain: Near the end of fourth film Wah Sing Ku attempts to flee Riggs and Murtaugh with his brother, as all the other Four Fathers have been killed. When Murtaugh shoots Ku's brother while aiming for Ku himself, Ku sticks around and tries to kill Riggs and Murtaugh in revenge. [[spoiler: Riggs then shoots Ku underwater after they fall off a pier while fighting.]]

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* AvengingTheVillain: Near the end of fourth film Wah Sing Ku attempts to flee Riggs and Murtaugh with his brother, as all the other Four Fathers have been killed. When Murtaugh shoots Ku's brother while aiming for Ku himself, Ku sticks around and tries to kill Riggs and Murtaugh in revenge. [[spoiler: Riggs then shoots Ku underwater after they fall off a pier while fighting.]]



* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: Butters's EstablishingCharacterMoment shows that while he accepts the idea of lowlifes or even fellow cops getting killed (as he describes it, "occupational hazard"), he gets pretty upset at a normal civilian being the victim of a murder. Riggs and Murtaugh even have to tell him to calm down.

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* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: Butters's Butters' EstablishingCharacterMoment shows that while he accepts the idea of lowlifes or even fellow cops getting killed (as he describes it, "occupational hazard"), he gets pretty upset at a normal civilian being the victim of a murder. Riggs and Murtaugh even have to tell him to calm down.





* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Arjen Rudd's plan for using Diplomatic Immunity to commit crimes out in the open wouldn't have worked in real life. If a diplomat gets caught committing a crime the police have the right to report him to his superiors who in turn would fire him for abusing his authority.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Arjen Rudd's plan for using Diplomatic Immunity to commit crimes out in the open wouldn't have worked in real life. If a diplomat gets caught committing a crime the police have the right to report him to his superiors who in turn would fire and prosecute him for abusing his authority.


* TheWorfEffect: Done interestingly. Riggs realizes his age when the primary henchmen on the boat handily kicked his ass. But Ku ends up [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness dispatching that henchmen]] with embarrassing little effort, proving that he will be quite an enemy to beat.

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* TheWorfEffect: Done interestingly. Riggs realizes his age when the primary henchmen on the boat freighter captain handily kicked his ass. But Ku ends up [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness [[YouHaveFailedMe dispatching that henchmen]] the captain]] with embarrassing embarrassingly little effort, proving that he will be quite an enemy to beat.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Arjen Rudd's plan for using Diplomatic Immunity to commit crimes out in the open wouldn't have worked in real life. If a diplomat gets caught committing a crime the police have the right to report him to his superiors who in turn would fire him for abusing his authority.

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* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler: Butters does this in the final battle when a Chinese soldier is about to shoot Murtaugh from behind. Unlike most examples, it's not fatal.]]


** Murtaugh isn't a hot-shot gunslinger, but if he carefully aims his gun and rolls his head to loosen his neck before squeezing off a shot, he'll hit with perfect accuracy. He pulls off an excellent shot to kill both the BigBad of parts 1 and 2. In part 1, he shoots the driver of the BigBad's car coming right at him, and then gets out of the way as the out-of-control car goes flying onto Hollywood Boulevard and smashes into a bus. The flames from the crash causes grenades in the car to detonate, killing the BigBad. And in part 2, he revokes Rudd's diplomatic immunity with a damned impressive head shot.

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** Murtaugh isn't a hot-shot gunslinger, but if he carefully aims his gun and rolls his head to loosen his neck before squeezing off a shot, he'll hit with perfect accuracy. He pulls off an excellent shot to kill both the BigBad of parts 1 and 2. In part 1, he shoots the driver of the BigBad's car coming right at him, and then gets out of the way as the out-of-control car goes flying onto Hollywood Boulevard and smashes into a bus. The flames from the crash causes grenades in the car to detonate, killing the BigBad. And in part 2, he revokes Rudd's diplomatic immunity with a damned impressive head shot.shot (and the bullet first came through the diplomatic passport).


* BattleInTheRain: The final fight takes place in an intense rainstorm on a pier.

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* BattleInTheRain: The opening shootout with the human tank occurs while it's raining, and the final fight with Ku takes place in an intense rainstorm on a pier.


* TheAtoner: After Murtaugh recovers from his HeroicBSOD, he is told by said teenager's mourning parents to "get the man who put the gun in [their] son's hands"... he takes it to the heart, acting very outside of the book to nail the bad guys.



* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay:
** Thin plastic porta-potties stops armor piercing bullets while normal bullets go right through metal sheds. Then later the same kind of armor piercing bullets fired from the same gun blows enourmous holes in a bulldozer scoop.
* TheAtoner: After Murtaugh recovers from his HeroicBSOD, he is told by said teenager's mourning parents to "get the man who put the gun in [their] son's hands"... he takes it to the heart, acting very outside of the book to nail the bad guys.

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* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay:
**
GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: Thin plastic porta-potties stops armor piercing bullets while normal bullets go right through metal sheds. Then later the same kind of armor piercing bullets fired from the same gun blows enourmous holes in a bulldozer scoop.
* TheAtoner: After Murtaugh recovers from his HeroicBSOD, he is told by said teenager's mourning parents to "get the man who put the gun in [their] son's hands"... he takes it to the heart, acting very outside of the book to nail the bad guys.
scoop.



* HeyItsThatSound: When the building blows up at the start of the film, the roaring sound is the same roar used in ''Film/KingKong1976'' for the giant ape.



* JerkAss: Riggs and Murtaugh towards [[ButtMonkey Leo Getz]], by playing mean pranks at him.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Riggs and Murtaugh towards [[ButtMonkey Leo Getz]], by playing mean pranks at him.

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